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With a New Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan.
Here is the path-breaking book that rocketed a political philosophy into the forefront of the nation's consciousness, written in words whose vigor and relevance have not tarnished with age:
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not pass laws, but to repeal them. it is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall replay that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am dong the very best I can.
These ideas, written by Barry Goldwater more than 50 years ago, are still relevant today. With the exception of the information about the USSR, which you can pretty much skip, his... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
My son had to read for school. He did not really like it. Uninterested in politics at 14.Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Tracy Riley
Truly the Father of Conservatism, Senator Goldwater could have easily written this book last year instead of in the 1950s. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PapaGrande
He was not understood by the. Majority of his countrymen and most of his contemporaries, I believe he was responsible for the Reagan RevolutionPublished 1 month ago by Fernando Gatell
I had the opportunity to attend The Jennifer Byler Institute in Virginia, which is a 9 month class (held in Richmond once a month and sponsored by The Republican Party of VA) that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pastor Cathy
I'll give it a 4, not because I am a conservative, but because of what Goldwater said about right wing Christians who were intolerant of him. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Guiseppe Gramanzini, Jr.
Goldwater wrote this some years ago. It accurately discusses what conservatism really means. Although Democrats have smeared his good name, Goldwater was right then. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arkie34